Washington, Idaho get millions of dollars to modernize buses

Washington, Idaho get millions of dollars to modernize buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration said today $264 million dollars will be spent on projects to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and make it easier for the nation’s bus riders to get around.

A total of 139 projects in 52 states and territories will receive money from FTA’s Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program. A list of the selected projects is available online.

“Every day, working families across America rely on buses, and these grants will ensure that these vital services continue to be both safe and efficient,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The grants will pay for projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance.

Washington state will receive $13 million dollars in grants for projects around the state. That includes almost $1.4 million for the Spokane Transit Authority which plans to buy new buses to replace older ones that have exceeded their useful life. The city says the new buses will improve efficiency and reliability in Spokane and the surrounding area. The state of Idaho will also receive close to $1 million dollars for bus upgrades.

“FTA is proud to help bring new and rehabilitated buses, facilities, and equipment to communities across the country,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This marks a step forward in improving mobility for the millions of Americans who travel by bus to work, school, healthcare, and other services.”